Saturday, March 17, 2018

Norman: The Doll That Needed to Be Locked Away - ARC Review

When paranormal investigator Stephen Lancaster brought home an old doll from an antique shop, he had no idea what bizarre and terrifying things were about to occur. From Day One, Norman the doll raised Hell. He caused sudden infestations of rats and spiders. He frightened dogs and put children in trances. He even moved on his own in video surveillance footage. And that was just the beginning.

Norman takes you on a thrilling journey into Stephen's life with a doll that has held the spirit of an unborn child for over fifty years. A haunted doll that still lives in Stephen's house, locked away in his own room to keep him from once again endangering the house and Stephen's family.

ARC Breakdown

First, I want to say that I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. Now that's out of the way, let's just jump into this. I loved this book! It's creeped my out and hooked me so that I couldn't put it down even if I wanted to stop. It's well written, easy to understand and filled with more action than I thought. 

This story follows Stephan and his family after they buy Norman and take him home. He causes all kinda of creepy things to happen. First it starts off rather innocently, a few laughs and he will move around, but it gets worse to where he tries to kill Stephan. They even try getting rid of the doll and nothing... he somehow makes it to where he has to stay with him. It's rather intriguing.

Norman is one twisted soul that is now stuck in a very old doll. I don't know what I would do if he was in my life. I mean, after trying to kill Stephan... scary stuff. Now, I do know that while the book was great, I did think the ending was... lacking.... I mean, why keep the doll around? To each their own and I wish this family luck, I really hope that they all find peace and the doll won't cause anymore trouble while locked away in his little room. 

Friday, March 16, 2018

50/50 Friday - Best/Worst Graphic Novel/Manga You've Read

50/50 Friday is a weekly meme hosted by me and Laura from Blue Eye Books.

Now what is 50/50 Friday?
Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read. So that's what 50/50 Friday is all about. We will have a new topic every Friday (something bookish of course!). If you have have ideas for this meme don't be scared to let us know!

Topic for the Week
Best/Worst Graphic Novel/Manga You've Read

So since I read way too many manga and could never choose a favorite or one I dislike, I am going to go with graphic novels. This will be a lot easier for me. 

Worst Read
So I LOVE the Blue Blood series to death. One of my all time favorites and so when I saw this, I had to have it. I read it... ugh, skip it and go for the book. So much better!

Best Read
This was a really hard one for me, I had quite a few that I could've put here but I knew that my partner would kill me if I didn't put this one.

Topic for Next Week
Favorite/Least Favorite Classic Novel

Thursday, March 15, 2018

February 2018 Wrap-Up! Over 30 Books!

This is two months that I've read over 30 books. Yes, I have no life, I admit it. Hopefully, I will get the job that I'm going out for and that will leave less time to read. I'm so sick of sitting home all day, I miss the world. 

I read 33 books, yes, most were manga but like always, I count those. How was your reading month? Let me know below! Now, let's jump into this! 

Dangerous Moves

What Everyone Believed

YA Books
Love, Life, and the List


Vampire Kisses

Art Book
The Addams Family: An Evilution

Demon Love Spell #1

Demon Love Spell #2

Demon Love Spell #3

Demon Love Spell #4

Demon Love Spell #5

Demon Love Spell #6

Komomo Confiserie #1

Komomo Confiserie #2

Komomo Confiserie #3 

Komomo Confiserie #4

Komomo Confiserie #5

Library Wars #1-15

Adult Novels
Big Little Lies

A Quick Bite

The Haunted Heart of America: In-Depth Investigations of the Villisca Ax Murder House, Myrtles Plantation & Other Frightful Sites

Speaking with the Spirits of the Old Southwest: Conversations with Miners, Outlaws & Pioneers Who Still Roam Ghost Towns

Earth, Air, Fire & Water: More Techniques of Natural Magic

Living Wicca: A Further Guide for the Solitary Practitioner

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday - Books That Surprised Me

Top Ten Tuesday is now hosted over at That Artsy Reader Girl

I could only think of 5 for this one. So here are 5 books that surprised me - both good and bad.

Now, around this time, I was reading only hyped books. I was caught up in the views and hyped books always got more comments and more page views. So at this point, I had never read a SJM books and this one had just come out. I bought it and read it and my life was changed. I had discovered my of my all time favorite authors. 

Red Queen
Now, this one... it sounded so good, the writing was good... I was just let down. I found nothing special about this book, it was just a cut and paste of other novels. I was hoping for something good... this book taught me not to always trust all the hype. Sometimes, it's very wrong. 

This one I read so many years ago. If you've been around long enough you'll know that I have a hard limit when it comes to any kind of drugs. I don't care, I just hate them. Maybe it's because my life has been touched by them so heavily... don't know, don't care. 

This book was different though, maybe because it shows how it destroys her life and ruins her family around her. It shows the dirty hard truth of drugs and doesn't make it look like a fun time. So I was so surprised by how much this novel meant to me. 

The Heir 
I admit, The selection series is such a guilty pleasure of mine. I adore those books! So when this one was announced, I was thrilled! Then I read it... I was surprised how awful it was. It was a sad day.

Breaking Dawn
This is an old choice but it still holds up. Like everyone else, I loved this series. I never wanted it to end but then as I got more and more through this book... I was knocked back by how bad it was. The ending... the choices... Jacob and the baby! Just no. Horrible ending. 

Monday, March 12, 2018

Manga Monday - Demon Love Spell #2

Miko is a shrine maiden who has never had much success at seeing or banishing spirits. Then she meets Kagura, a sexy demon who feeds off women’s feelings of passion and love. Kagura’s insatiable appetite has left many girls at school brokenhearted, so Miko casts a spell to seal his powers. Surprisingly the spell works—sort of—but now Kagura is after her!

Manga Breakdown 

Damn.... it really went there. The poor Fox... that was heartbreaking. I did not see that coming and it really ripped my heat out and set it on fire. Besides that ending with the Fox plot, this volume is much like the first one was. I felt so bad for the little one eyed demon... he only wanted to help his sister! I'm glad that it did work out in the end and I wish that Miko would just be honest with Kagura instead of lying to him about everything. She finally told him she loved him only after being worried for him. She only decided to be with him once she thought he was dead. Like come on... either you love him and want to be with him or dump him and tell him to go to hell. Don't play with him. 

That being said... I know some people will think I've lost my mind. They will probably say that he shouldn't be pushing her and that's true too. One should never push the one they love though I do get why he does it in this fictional world... it seems to be the only way she will admit her feelings for him. This series isn't perfect, far from it. That being said, I'm one of the few that can separate fiction from reality and I can just enjoy this series for what it is. A fun, raunchy manga that makes me laugh and helps me escape from real life. 

The art is still wonderful as I've come to expect from this mangaka. I think she keeps getting better with each new volume she puts out. As always, it's always entertaining and fun. Plus, it's supernatural and I LIVE for anything paranormal.